Joe Roth

Birthday: Jun 13, 1948
Birthplace: Not Available
A onetime communications major at Boston University, producer/director Joe Roth worked as a production assistant with several San Francisco-based film companies. Utilizing several of the improvisational comics who had worked with him at Los Angeles' Pitchel Players (he ran lights while they got laughs), Roth produced an inexpensive "TV of the future" spoof called Tunnelvision. The film did well on its first release in 1976, and even better in later years by virtue of its stars-in-the-making cast, which included Chevy Chase, Betty Thomas, Howard Hesseman, and Ron Silver. After several years' worth of low-budget but high-grossing films like Bachelor Party (1984) and Moving Violations (1986), Roth made his directing bow with Streets of Gold (1986). Forming Morgan Creek productions with partner Jim Robinson, Roth continued his winning box-office record with such films as Young Guns (1988) and Dead Ringers (1989). In 1989, Roth made Coupe de Ville. That same year, he became chairman of 20th Century Fox's theatrical film division, toting up more hits (White Men Can't Jump, Die Hard 2, Sleeping With the Enemy) than misses (Barton Fink). His last months at Fox were marred with disappointments like Toys (1992) and Hoffa (1992), but Roth had gained a strong reputation for having the uncanny knack for attracting and mollifying some of the biggest and most difficult talents in Hollywood; one magazine characterized him as "filmmaker friendly." From Fox, Roth moved to Disney's Caravan Pictures unit, raking in the bucks with productions like Angels in the Outfield (1994). In September of 1994, Joe Roth replaced Jeffrey Katzenberg as Disney CEO, and in so doing became the first director ever to hold that position in a major studio; he proved his worthiness for that position almost instantly with the smash Yuletide release The Santa Clause (1994).Producing a number of moderately successful films through the latter 1990s, Roth returned to the director's chair in 2001 with America's Sweethearts. Scripted and produced by Billy Crystal, America's Sweethearts spun the humorous tale of a movie star couple's bitter split on the eve of embarking on a press junket to promote their latest film.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle Producer 2020
No Score Yet Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Producer 2019
46% xXx: Return of Xander Cage Producer $44.9M 2017
29% Alice Through the Looking Glass Producer $77.1M 2016
18% The Huntsman: Winter's War Producer $46.5M 2016
44% Miracles from Heaven Producer 2016
No Score Yet The Gray Man Producer 2016
No Score Yet Brilliance Producer 2016
43% In the Heart of the Sea Producer $19.1M 2015
54% Maleficent Producer $190.9M 2014
64% Million Dollar Arm Producer 2014
49% Heaven Is for Real Producer 2014
20% Sabotage Producer $8.2M 2014
59% Oz the Great and Powerful Producer $235M 2013
No Score Yet Snow White and the Huntsman (Extended Version) Producer 2012
50% Snow White and the Huntsman Producer $155.1M 2012
52% Knight & Day Executive Producer Producer $76.5M 2010
51% Alice in Wonderland Producer $319.4M 2010
79% The Great Debaters Producer $30M 2007
12% Little Man Producer Executive Producer $58.3M 2006
23% Freedomland Director $12.3M 2006
52% An Unfinished Life Executive Producer $8.6M 2005
5% Christmas With the Kranks Director $73.8M 2004
32% The Forgotten Producer $66.7M 2004
34% Mona Lisa Smile Executive Producer $63.7M 2003
29% Hollywood Homicide Executive Producer $30.1M 2003
27% Daddy Day Care Executive Producer $103.7M 2003
42% Anger Management Producer $133.8M 2003
33% Tears of the Sun Executive Producer $43.5M 2003
32% America's Sweethearts Director $93.1M 2001
14% Tomcats Executive Producer $12.9M 2001
32% Before and After Executive Producer 1996
81% While You Were Sleeping Producer 1995
50% Tall Tale Producer 1995
29% Heavyweights Producer 1995
17% The Jerky Boys Producer 1995
14% Houseguest Producer 1995
0% A Low Down Dirty Shame Producer 1994
33% Angels in the Outfield Producer 1994
22% I Love Trouble Producer 1994
44% Angie Executive Producer 1994
31% The Three Musketeers Producer 1993
46% Pacific Heights Executive Producer Producer 1990
56% The Exorcist III Executive Producer 1990
35% Young Guns II Executive Producer 1990
0% Coupe de Ville Director Executive Producer 1990
40% Nightbreed Producer Executive Producer 1990
20% Renegades Executive Producer Producer 1989
33% Skin Deep Producer Executive Producer 1989
91% Enemies, a Love Story Executive Producer 1989
82% Dead Ringers Producer 1988
41% Young Guns Producer 1988
7% Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise Executive Producer Director Producer 1987
No Score Yet P.K. and the Kid Producer 1987
31% Streets of Gold Director Producer 1986
60% Where the River Runs Black Producer 1986
No Score Yet Off Beat Producer 1986
29% Final Terror Producer 1985
No Score Yet Moving Violations Producer 1985
54% Bachelor Party Executive Producer 1984
67% The Stone Boy Producer 1984
56% Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains Producer 1981
No Score Yet Americathon Producer 1979


23% Anger Management
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Are We There Yet?
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010


No quotes approved yet.